The USA Today best-selling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series makes her romantic thriller debut with this heartpounding story of a young woman determined to find justice after her best friend's death, a story pulsing with the "intense, hot, emotional" (Colleen Hoover) writing that exhilarates her legions of fans.
Twenty-eight-year-old Maggie Sparkes arrives in New York City to pack up what's left of her best friend's belongings after a suicide that has left everyone stunned. The police have deemed the evidence conclusive: Celine got into bed, downed a bottle of Xanax and a handle of Maker's Mark, and never woke up.
But when Maggie discovers secrets in the childhood lockbox hidden in Celine's apartment, she begins asking questions. Questions about the man Celine fell in love with. The man she never told anyone about, not even Maggie. The man Celine herself claimed would be her ruin.
On the hunt for answers that will force the police to reopen the case, Maggie uncovers more than she bargained for about Celine's private life - and inadvertently puts herself on the radar of a killer who will stop at nothing to keep his crimes undiscovered.
©2016 K. A. Tucker (P)2016 Simon & Schuster
I am really impressed! KA Tucker just slipped into another genre without losing her trademark storytelling or the angst. I will admit that I came in expecting a romance, but the love was that of a friend. This sisterly love was just as powerful and it was just as deep so the story really resonated with me. The author weaved the story in dual POV with Maggie being the present voice and Celine being the past. The narrators were very easy to follow, so I never had difficulty knowing who was leading the dialogue.
Maggie Sparkes came to New York City to settle her best friend Celine Gonzalez’s estate after Celine’s body was discovered in what the police ruled a suicide. As Maggie walked through what she supposes were Celine’s last couple of weeks, things didn’t add up. Coupled with the discovery of Celine’s diary, and a plane ticket for Celine to visit her mother in a few days, Maggie believed that what she had was a murdered friend. When the police brushed her off, Maggie set out on her own to find evidence to support her suspicions that Celine’s death was staged to look like a suicide.
This book definitely kept me guessing as to what was going on. I think I suspected almost everyone in the book except Celine’s own mother and the PI firm. The author peeled away layer after layer of carefully laid foundation exposing Celine’s life as the 28 year old had fallen prey to trappings of a certain lifestyle. The writing was suspenseful, mysterious, and fascinating. The characters, the protagonist and the antagonist, were multifaceted. At certain point, I was exasperated with Maggie’s decision making, and the other times I was impressed with her tenacity and loyalty. Similar Celine evoked both sympathy and frustration. There definitely was some resentment and jealous issues at play, but there was still love underneath it all.
Many times I thought I had the mystery figured out, only to realize I fell for a red herring. It wasn’t until the very end that things became clear. This is a book a reader will want to finish in one sitting because it’s that engrossing. I don’t know if the ending was a shocker, but I didn’t conclusively put it together until the end. While I prefer KA Tucker’s romance novels, this one was a good mystery and suspense novel. The author took time and delivered a great plot with conspicuous characters. This was an enjoyable read.
I couldn't pry myself away from my headphones with this enthralling story! I've read many of K.A. Tucker's before and this is my favorite to date. I am really hoping we might see a sequel to continue Maggie's story.
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KA Tucker has a way of spinning an interesting story with interesting characters and sub characters. In this particular story Maggie is charged with packing up her best friends apartment after an apparent suicide/ accidental death. While going through Celines thing's she finds diaries that disclose a side of Celine that Maggie had no idea existed. As the mystery of her death unwinds it leads her to Celines place of employment Maggie finds herself hiring a private investigator. One message with a photo continues to haunt Maggie ... "he will be the ruin of me." Maggie finds that he may also be the ruin of her. Great listen!! I used $ to buy on sale but would have happily used a credit.
Seamless transition from young adult genre to adult (psychological)fiction I cld not put it down. I love books that u dread reaching the end because ur so invested in the story and the characters
This author is why I am going back to catch up on my old favorite authors and read more books by her.
This was my first book by KA Tucker. I appreciated her style of writing; she spun an interesting tale with interesting characters and sub characters. Celine has died. Speculation is that it was an apparent suicide/ accidental death. Her friend Maggie has returned from overseas to pack up Celine’s apartment. While packing away her friend's personal items, she finds diaries that disclose a side of Celine that Maggie had no idea existed. Maggie’s findings cause her hire a private investigator. Her only clue continues to haunt Maggie ... "he will be the ruin of me." As the story unfolds, Maggie begins to believe that he may also be the ruin of her as well. You will need to read it to find out if he does.
I read this book on Audible narrated by: Kate Rudd and Olivia Song. I ordered the Kindle edition for $1.99 and the Audible for a reduced price. I was so glad that I have both media as I couldn't put the book down. Being able to plug in while driving or walking made me very happy.
I wouldn’t say it was the best book I ever read, but it is in the top 25, was a fun read, and a good mystery. Kept me guessing and for once I got an ending I did not expect. I am sure that I will read this one again in a year or so when I have forgotten the details.
Great Book, totally captivating. I was confused by who was behind it all and really believed it would go in one direction, but bam...I was partially wrong. Really kept me guessing and worried till the end.
No spoilers as it's all twisted and crazy, but a flipping amazing read.
A mystery-thriller, absolutely...a romance novel, well not really; however, there are elements of a romance within the context of the secrecy and conspiracy behind the 'whodunit' plot. Although, I will say that this author always provides a fascinating plot device mixed in with her romance stories, indulging the reader with some artful suspense (something not revealed that must be uncovered slowly as the story progresses), this book is definitely not a typical K.A. Tucker story line. Yet, the writing was standard issue in regards to this outstanding author...solid, engaging and clever!
With that said and considering that I am probably the quintessential romance reader, I thoroughly enjoyed this book; but I went in not expecting it to be a true romance, thanks to my 'go to' goodreads reviewer, Jessica. All the elements of a great read are there...the characters are well-developed and fascinating, perfect pacing and solid mechanics and as always, K.A. Tucker delivers a thought-provoking and compelling tale!
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